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 RapidMiner announced their new Streams service today to enable customers to capture streams of data and process it in real time. RapidMiner CEO Michele Chambers explained this could be particularly useful when it comes to capturing and processing Internet of Things or industrial sensor data and getting back answers in seconds. The new Streams service pulls the data from your source and… Read More

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 Hot on the heels of Xiaomi’s sales ban last week, OnePlus is the latest smartphone upstart to be hit with a sales ban in India. Read More

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 Perhaps riding the wave of U.S.-based Lending Club’s recent $5.4 billion IPO, the UK’s Lendable, which also offers a peer-to-peer lending platform for personal loans, has raised a £2.5 million seed round. Read More

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 After raising $22 million in May this year social media monitoring startup Brandwatch has clearly been hunting around for arrows to add to its quiver. It’s gaze has now alighted on ‘social influencer mapping’ startup PeerIndex. Terms of the acquisition were undisclosed but TechCrunch understands the majority of it comprised of shares in BrandWatch combined with cash. Peer… Read More

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 Well known tech billionaire Sean Parker suffers from asthma and allergies so severe that he doesn’t even know how many times he’s landed in the emergency room just for accidentally eating something that touched a peanut. He tells TechCrunch that least 14 of those visits have happened since he’s been with his wife. “Nuts, avocados, shellfish, all of it. I was in the ICU… Read More

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 It’s official: Chinese Internet giant Baidu has confirmed that it is Uber’s latest investor, as TechCrunch reported last week. The companies did not disclose the amount of the investment, though Bloomberg earlier said that it is $600 million. We’ve contacted Baidu for more information. The Baidu investment comes just a few weeks after Uber announced that it had raised $1.2… Read More

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 Leaked emails from the Sony Pictures hack have uncovered several acquisitions made by Snapchat. According to emails between Snapchat, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, and Snapchat board member Mitch Lasky, Snapchat bought a QR scanning and iBeacon startup called Scan.me for $14 million in cash, $3 million in restricted stock units, and $33 million in Class B common Snapchat stock. It… Read More

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 Editor’s Note: Albert Lai is the CTO of Media at Brightcove. Which would you rather do: pay for all available content or only the content you consume? At first blush, this would seem like a simple cost issue: why not cancel your cable subscription in favor of Netflix, Hulu or Prime Instant Video – or all three? Instead of spending $70 a month for content you don’t watch,… Read More

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 With catalogues of unlimited music on streaming services so extensive these days that we never quite know what to listen to first, playlists have become one of the key ways that music fans use services like Soundcloud. So to compete better against the likes of Spotify, Rdio, Deezer and the rest, as well as lure more people to pay for the Play Music streaming service, Google is now stepping… Read More

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 A threatening message from the Guardians of Peace, the group responsible for hacking into and releasing more than a terabyte of Sony’s internal data so far, is alleging an attack on movie theaters that plan to screen Seth Rogen and James Franco’s movie “The Interview.” “The world will be full of fear,” the message, first reported by BuzzFeed, reads. Read More

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 The Sony hack has taught us so much. It’s taught us to send corporate email as if everyone is reading those emails. It’s taught us that people in Hollywood are just as mean as people in any other industry (and potentially racist). And it’s taught us that Channing Tatum is really enthusiastic about beating “TED” at the box office. Read More

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 As TechCrunch went full e-sports at the Intel Extreme Masters in San Jose, we managed to snag a quick interview with Twitch COO Kevin Lin. Read More

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 It’s easy to forget that these are early days for the Internet. We still have different ideas on what it is or how it should work. The web is governed by an iterative improvement process that moves faster than any other invention in human history. Ed tech is no exception. Read More

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 “If I had my druthers, I’d write about AI, and supercomputers, and fusion energy. I don’t really care about who’s fucking whom,” new Valleywag editor Dan Lyons tells me, signaling a tone shift for the tech tabloid. “Even when I did the fake Steve stuff, I had a rule that I never wanted to write about Steve’s family or his wife. It was just about… Read More

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 NowThis Media, which covers the news with videos that are usually around 15 or 30 seconds longs, is announcing that it has raised $6 million in Series C funding. NowThis was founded by Kenneth Lerer (chairman at Buzzfeed and co-founder of the Huffington Post) and Eric Hippeau (former CEO of the Huffington Post), with backing from their firm Lerer Hippeau Ventures. The startup launched in 2012,… Read More

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 Zenefits is taking the Utah Insurance Department ruling to stop offering free services to task. Utah Insurance Commissioner Todd Kiser issued a ruling last month that would ban Zenefits from giving away its cloud-based HR software for free, claiming this was a violation of Utah law and unfair to local insurance brokers. Zenefits offers the management of hiring, firing, and all the… Read More

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 A popular service like Gmail inevitably becomes a target for hackers. Over the years, Google has made quite a few security improvements, such as requiring HTTPS connections to prevent others from getting access to your email. Today the company announced that it has implemented support for Content Security Policy (CSP) to prevent cross-site scripting attacks and malevolent browser plug-ins… Read More

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 Ebay’s testing of “last-mile” delivery hasn’t been totally shelved, it seems. The company, distancing itself from its earlier eBay Now initiative, announced today that it’s expanding its eBay Local pilot program in Brooklyn with the addition of 80 small businesses that will offer scheduled and same-day delivery, as well as in-store pickup to area customers. Read More

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 We’re not ace photographers, but we all take photos. Most could use a little help with light and shadow. So rather than making you manually filter them, Facebook tells me it will now auto-enhance newly uploaded photos starting today on iOS and soon on Android. You’ll be able to adjust a slider to control just how enhanced you want the light, shadow, and clarity, or revert back to… Read More

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 Editor’s Note: David Hirsch is a co-founder and managing partner of Metamorphic Ventures. The firm is an investor in Boxbee.  The generational shift occurring as millennials come of age and baby boomers just keep aging has massive implications for both technology and society. As mobile devices become magic wands for marketplaces, matching supply and demand and making goods and… Read More

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 Bitcoin spiked to north of $1,000 in late 2013, before starting a long decline in the current year. After some optimistic fluctuation, it has landed in a mid-$300 trading range that the virtual currency can’t seem to shake. Gone, for now it seems, are the go-go days of bitcoin heading straight north. Read More

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 Apple has stopped selling its hardware online in Russia, owing to the currently volatile state of the Ruble, the country’s official currency. In a statement provided to Bloomberg, the company said that it’s taking things offline while it goes through the process of evaluating its pricing, and apologized to customers put out by the site being taken down. Apple’s decision to… Read More

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 Mattermark, the business intelligence site that pivoted out of YC-backed curation site Referly, is today announcing that it has raised a round of $6.5 million, funding that the startup will use the funding to build out its ambition to be a “B2B Google.” By that, it means creating structured data for people on the hunt for company information across the messy and… Read More

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 Today Instagram has added five new filters for still images, which is the first time they’ve done such a thing in two years. The most recent filters before this, which seems odd considering they’ve been there longer than most of Instagrams users have actually been on the app, were Willow and Mayfair. Just like you’d expect, each of the new filters has a slightly… Read More

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 A newer competitor in the online consignment space, Swap.com, has raised $4 million in Series A funding for its e-commerce shop where parents can buy secondhand kids’ clothing, gear, books, toys, games and more. Though similar in some respects to competitors like thredUP.com, which also began by focusing on the kids’ clothing resale market, Swap.com differentiates itself by not… Read More

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